Hanging baskets or containers are used to hold certain plants so they can be hung from a ceiling or a porch. Hanging baskets of flowering plants create a lovely impact in an indoor or outdoor garden, according to the University of Illinois. Hanging baskets come in a few varieties: plastic, wooden and wire filled with moss or coconut fiber. Many flowering plants grow well in baskets, including begonias, marigolds, fuchsias, pansies and petunias, according to the University of Maryland.
Fill the hanging basket two-thirds to half full of potting soil and a small amount of slow release 12-12-12 fertilizer. If you are using a wire frame with moss or coconut fiber lining, line the basket with a sheet of plastic with four or five pencil-sized holes poked into the bottom for drainage.
Dig a hole in the dirt deep enough for the hanging flowering plant's root ball and two times as wide.
Place the flowering plant into the hole and fill the rest of the hanging basket with soil. Pat the soil down firmly.
Water the flowering plant well until water leaks out of the drainage holes.
Hang the flowering plants on ceiling hooks or by another hanging medium, inside or outside, an area that receives enough sunlight for the plants to grow well.